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The Descry above the entrance to The Crypt Level 1 in Fellshrine Ruins.

Descry is a symbol used by an in-game faction.

If you ask Eramir in the Forest Encampment about the Fellshrine Ruins, he says:

The Fellshrine is a shadow of what was once good in Wraeclast.

That sigil etched into its stones? It's a Descry, from when the Templar truly stood for something. To the ancestors of Oriath, the Descry was a flickering torch in the night. A source of inspiration and comfort.

Sad thing about torches... they go out.

Usage

This symbol is used in various contexts in the game, consistent with the idea of it symbolising divinity or holiness.

The descry is featured on Path of Exile's microtransaction points, where they are the only symbol on a gold coin.

Active skills

Immortal Call skill screenshot.png A modified Descry is shown above the player when they invoke the Immortal CallImmortal CallSpell, Duration, Guard
Mana Cost: (21-36)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 3.00 sec
Requires Level 34Take less Physical and Elemental Damage for a short time. Consumes up to 5 Endurance Charges to lengthen the buff and further lessen Physical Damage taken. Shares a cooldown with other Guard skills.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
Base duration is 1 seconds
(25-34)% less Elemental Damage taken
(25-35)% less Physical Damage taken
15% less Physical Damage taken per Endurance Charge removed
20% increased Buff Duration per Endurance Charge removed
This Skill's Cooldown does not recover during its effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Immortal Call skill icon.png
skill.

Dark Immortal Call inventory icon.png Another modified Descry (with the middle bar split) is shown above the player when they invoke the Immortal Call that have Dark Immortal Call mtx.

Descry-tempest-shield.png The Descry is overlaid on the shield of a character using the Tempest ShieldTempest ShieldSpell, Lightning, Chaining, Duration
Mana Cost: (7-16)
Cast Time: 0.25 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 60%
Requires Level 16Enchants your shield with the power of storms, which lashes out to deal arcing lightning damage to attackers when you block them. Blocking refreshes the duration of Tempest Shield.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Lightning Damage
Deals (24-284) to (36-426) Lightning Damage
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
Chains +1 Times
Base duration is 12 seconds
+3% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Tempest Shield skill icon.png
skill.

Descry-totem.png The Descry is projected onto the ground around a Vaal Totem with the "Allies cannot die" aura.

Environments

Although there are a few patterns and the occasional face carved into the stone of The Fellshrine Ruins, there are no symbols except for the one directly above the entrance to The Crypt Level 1, where a figure is depicted holding a shape with three vertical lines and two curved lines.

Descry-noticeboard.png The Descry is prominently displayed on one of the notes on the Noticeboard in each town.

Descry-Catacombs.png The Descry is carved above the entrance of the Catacombs in Sarn.

Various areas of Act 5, 10 and the Epilogue are decorated with the symbol. In the lore these areas are part of the Oriath.

Consecrated Ground

Descry-consecrated-ground.jpg A slightly-modified Descry (with the middle bar split) is part of the Consecrated Ground effect.

It also shown in the 2D art of the Sulphur FlaskSulphur FlaskLasts 4.00 Seconds
Consumes 20 of 60 Charges on use
40% increased Damage
Requires Level 35Creates Consecrated Ground on UseRight click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
which creates Consecrated Ground, but not-modified (without the middle bar split)

The icon of the passive skill Sanctuary has a slightly-modified descry symbol on it.

Quest items

The Sign of PuritySign of PurityWrought from blood and gold, Innocence fashioned a weapon of tempered purity,
capable of banishing darkness, and bringing order to the chaos in men's hearts.
is similar to the Descry symbol.

Unique items

  • The descry is featured on the striking faces of Chober ChaberChober Chaber
    Great Mallet
    Two Hand Mace
    Quality: +20%
    Physical Damage: (118.4-125.8)(243.2-258.4)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: 1.25
    Weapon Range: 13
    Requires Level 40, 104 Str30% increased Stun Duration on Enemies+1 to Level of Socketed Melee Gems
    +1 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
    (200-220)% increased Physical Damage
    25% increased maximum Mana
    Minions have (20-40)% increased maximum Life
    15% increased Skill Effect Duration
    20% reduced Strength Requirement
    The faithful may continue to serve, even after death.
    . Elreon, Loremaster, a Templar, himself wields Chober Chaber.
  • The shield Zeel's AmplifierZeel's Amplifier
    Polished Spiked Shield
    Quality: +20%
    Chance to Block: 26%
    Evasion: 133
    Energy Shield: (98-122)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 49, 64 Dex, 64 Int4% chance to Dodge Attack Hits(40-50)% increased Spell Damage
    +(60-80) to maximum Energy Shield
    +(50-70) to maximum Life
    1% increased Area of Effect per Enemy killed recently, up to 50%
    You have Zealot's Oath if you haven't been hit recently
    "Great minds wish to reveal all the secrets of time and space.
    But it does not matter.
    Creation, the act of Matter Metamorphosis, is the only secret worth discovering."
    - Zeel, Vaal Tinkerer
    has the aforementioned modified Descry on it.

Origins

Innocence in the Epilogue
Sin in the Bridge Encampment

There are no canonical explanations of the origin of the Descry. However, in Oriath, the symbol is decorated everywhere. Ground art also featured Innocence holding a one-handed staff with eagle and the Descry symbol on it. Innocence himself also has a back attachment that feature the symbol. Thus the symbol probably re-canoned as the symbol of Innocence since Version 3.0.0. While the modified variant (the middle bar split) is the symbol of Sin as shown in his back attachment and his portal effect.

"Descry" is an old word meaning "to catch sight of" or "to discover"[1].

References